Appalachian celebration issues call for vendors

Jan 23, 2013
Photo by: Stina Sieg Artists and artisans with an old-time Appalachian flavor are currently being sought for the third-annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, held in June on Waynesville's Main Street. Above, blacksmith David Burress chats with a passerby at the 2012 festival.

The Downtown Waynesville Association is seeking heritage-themed vendors for the third annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, on Main Street. In the interest of protecting and preserving Appalachian traditions, this event will be a celebration of traditional mountain craft, food and entertainment.

Exhibit space will be made available to vendors demonstrating and selling handmade Appalachian art and crafts such as blacksmithing, leatherworking, quilting, weaving, pottery, wood working/carving, painting, etc.

In addition to craft vendors, the event is seeking demonstrators for Appalachian life skills such as lumberjacking, butter churning, soap making, storytelling, native plants, beekeeping and food preservation. Vendors interested in exhibiting personal collections of antique items such as tools, household items, quilts, tractors, wagons, pre-1940s cars, etc. are also being sought for participation.

Those interested in being a part of this celebration of Appalachian traditions and keeping mountain heritage from being forgotten, are asked to contact the Downtown Waynesville Association at 456-3517 to request an application or visit the event calendar at Applications will be accepted until April 19.